Icon in Minneota
THUMBS UP: Stan Robinson, the CEO and president of Icon Door Systems, told the Independent recently that a number of factors led him to setting up shop in Minneota and we hope it turns out to be a good fit for the company and for the city. Economic development is a positive for any city of any size, but it's especially important these days considering the economy and the struggles some small towns are going through. Icon Door Systems, a manufacturer of single-panel hydraulic lift doors, is also employing people who used to work at Hydroswing in Cottonwood, which recently closed and is going through the bankruptcy process. All in all, it looks like a win-win situation.
A special day in so many ways
THUMBS UP: It was truly a memorable Memorial Day in Marshall on Monday. The city celebrated Memorial Day with a visit from a U.S. Senator and a special commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the "Old Soldier" memorial in front of the Lyon County Courthouse. Most residents of Marshall have seen the statue, but how many really give it a second thought? What is it? Where did it come from? Why is it in front of the courthouse in Marshall? It was dedicated on May 30, 1911, on what was then the 50th anniversary of the onset of the Civil War and rededicated Monday by American Legion and VFW?honor guards from Tracy and Marshall. Next time you're walking past the courthouse, take the time to get a close-up look at the memorial and give it that second thought.
What are they waiting for?
THUMBS DOWN: With all that's on the line - public employees are in jeopardy of being laid off next month because of the budget impasse at the Capitol - it's taking far too long for the governor and lawmakers to get down to serious negotiations to solve the deficit problem. Thursday's meeting of the Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy was the first in-depth forum on the state budget since the 2011 regular session adjourned nearly two weeks ago. Gov. Mark Dayton is scheduled to meet face-to-face with GOP leaders today for the first time since the session ended. A lot of time has passed since the end of session - far too much time if you ask a state employee whose immediate future is up in the air.